Flamingo euthanized at Florida park after visitor launches violent attack on bird
Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, was visiting the park with his family on Tuesday when he reached into the bird’s pen, grabbed the flamingo and threw her to the ground, according to Tampa Police.
RIP Pinky. How pathetic does one have to be to harm a flamingo? https://t.co/fxOr2IgnI4— Bill @ Pixels (@androckb) August 3, 2016
The large bird was taken to the animal care center at the SeaWorld-operated park, but its injuries were deemed too severe for survival by staff and it was euthanized.
Corrao was detained by park police until Tampa Police arrived. His motives for the attack are not yet known.
I find comfort in knowing that Harambe is waiting at the gates of Heaven for Pinky the Flamingo. Rest easy, baby. pic.twitter.com/B8KRYnSuRQ— ᴊʙ (@JohnBelsha) August 3, 2016
Corrao was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and held at Hillsborough County jail before posting his $2,000 bond on Wednesday.
The bird, named Pinky, was a 24-year-old Chilean flamingo that was known to dance for park visitors. A video of her moves was posted to YouTube by the park and has been viewed almost 200,000 times.
"Pinky was a beloved member of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay family and made many appearances on behalf of the park's conservation and education efforts," a company spokesperson said in a statement.
"She will be sorely missed."